Have a Smartwatch? Park Your BMW With it
Parking can be a real headache, and even more frustrating is trying to find your car in a big lot or garage after you inevitably forget where it is. This gets even worse when you drive something pretty compact like a BMW i3 that can easily be hidden behind SUVs and pickups. To address this issue and bring about another breakthrough in humanity's quest for convenience, BMW has unveiled technology that can allow an i3 to park itself and then pick up the driver when he's done. Called the Remote Valet Parking Assistant by BMW, the system basically works as an app on a smartwatch that uses voice commands from the watch's wearer. The car, meanwhile, can search for empty spots and then hone on the driver's location when ready for pick up. PHOTOS: See More Pictures of the BMW i3
The technology in the car itself uses four lasers that scan the car's surroundings, supposedly avoiding obstacles along the way and even braking automatically if it detects that a collision is imminent.
BMW hasn't announced when they will make this system available for customers, but let's hope they get all the bugs worked out before they do. While it would be great to have your car park itself and pick you up, it wouldn't be so great to have it running off and smashing into parking meters and pedestrians all by itself.
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